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Beyer: Connected intelligence will beat recession

Posted: 06 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:connected intelligence market? smart phone? wireless application? automotive?

Freescale Semiconductor Inc. CEO Richard Beyer predicted that the recession will continue to fade by virtue of the commercial success of what he called "connected intelligence."

"Just as the PC industry helped pull us out of the recession of the 1980s, today the era of 'connected intelligence' will continue to help pull us out of the current recession, including, of course, smart phones but also wireless devices of all types, both mobile and automotive," Beyer said at the Freescale Technology Forum.

According to Beyer, new capabilities in device-to-device and device-to-infrastructure connectivity are offering new types of services and entertainment that add up to connected intelligence, which he claimed will continue to help pull the world out of the current recession.

Freescale's Power QuIC processors are already deployed in "virtually every wireless base station today," Beyer said, enabling a wider variety of Internet and cloud based services which Beyer said is the future of mobile wireless computing. But the wireless user devices themselves are the main driver of recession mitigation.

"By 2014, more people will access the web with mobile devices than with traditional PCs," said Beyer. "And the wireless device capabilities that were previously performed on individual devices are now converging on single devices, such as smart phones."

Beyer, however, also acknowledged that some single-use devices are better off left single-use, such as e-readers. However, even there, improvements in performance are allowing more realistic book like features, such as animations that show pages turning, like a real book, rather than just popping-up like a web page, he said.

Beyer predicted that converged smart mobile devices such as netbooks, smartbooks and touchscreen tabletswith battery lifetimes matching or exceeding today's smart phoneswill become the Internet browsing device-of-choice, over conventional computers, for future generations.

With Freescale's recent announcements of three complementary microcontroller familiesKinestis will enable open system platforms to effectively compete against proprietary solutions, such as the Linux-derived Android OS which has begun to outsell popular proprietary solutions (such as Apple's iPhone OS).

Other aspects of connected intelligence driving the receding recession, according to Beyer, include automotive electronics, medical electronics and smart-energy management.

- R. Colin Johnson
EE Times

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